E te tini me te mano!
Tēnā kōutou! Tēnā kōutou! Tēnā tātou katoa!
He pānui tāku mō kōutou katoa.
A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse
A scion thrusts from his roots (Isaiah 11:1)
The giant totara that towers over the forest in light begins as a shoot in the shade of the forest floor. This is the story of our faith. It starts small but it is called to be great. Through the centuries the Christian faith has had times of darkness and it has had time of great light. It has times where faith seems to die; It has time when faith grows again from little shoots. 176 year ago Bishop Pompallier celebrated mass in Tauranga Moana. 36 years ago the Diocese of Hamilton was formed. This year at 10:30am on the 4th of December, a Miha Māori will be celebrated for the first time in our Cathedral in Hamilton. Come and be part of this day as new shoots spring forth in the life of the Christian family that is the Catholic diocese of Hamilton.